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Engaged Projects

  • The Octopus Project” – Collaborating to identify and address an issue important to the broader school community and implement 8 participatory art projects (in collaboration with SEED School students, faculty and University of Miami students, Miami, FL).
  • Office of the Citizen of the United States” – Encouraging citizens to assume the mantle of citizen leadership and animate their democracy through the use of social media (virtual performance).
  • I Rebuke You” – Calling on senators and members of Congress to apologize to the American people for weakening our democracy (virtual performance).

Public Art Commissions

  • Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (Main Beach), Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Mangroves,” Liberty Square, Miami Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL
  • Wildflowers,” Liberty Square, Miami Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL
  • Native Trees,” Liberty Square, Miami Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL


Funded Research

  • Co-Principal Investigator (along with UM Law Professor Jessica Owley, RSMAS Associate Professor Katharine Mach, Economics Assistant Professor Ian Wright, and Law Librarian Nicholas Mignanelli), On the Move: Climate Migration and Retreat in South Florida, the Caribbean, and Beyond,University of Miami U-LINK Phase 1 Grant


  • Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada’s Images of Constitutional Rights, Keiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Nijhoff, 2021.

    Editors: M.C. Mirow and Howard M. Wasserman

    Contributors are: Renée Ater, Mary Sue Backus, Kathleen A. Brady, Jenny E. Carroll, Erwin Chemerinsky, Xavier Cortada, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Leslie Kendrick, Corinna Barrett Lain, Paul Marcus, Linda C. McClain, M.C. Mirow, James E. Pfander, Laura S. Underkuffler, and Howard M. Wasserman.



  • January – New Book! “Painting Constitutional Law”
  • February – Florida is… Commemorating 200 years as part of the U.S. today!
  • March – Reclaim your yard for nature this Earth Day!
  • April – County Mayor Levine Cava unveils Cortada’s digital mural
  • May – Cortada wins National Wetlands Award, celebrates 15 years of Reclamation Project
  • June – Eco-art Colonnade inspires action at Pinecrest Gardens
  • July – Celebrating Miami’s 125th Birthday
  • August – Museum acquires socially engaged art


Hibiscus Gallery Exhibitions:





  • Can Art Save the Planet panel, Miami Center for Architecture and Design
    March 10, 2022
  • Opening of Miami Mangrove Forest exhibition to support Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Hibiscus Gallery, Pinecrest Gardens
    March 16
  • Grist announces Xavier Cortada as Fixer on its annual Grist 50 list
    Mar. 22, 2022
  • COIL Presentation on Theatre and Sustainability to students from UNC-Chapel Hill, the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Queen’s University in Belfast, N. Ireland.
    March 23, 2022
  • Longitudinal Installation Reflecting on Empathy through Socially Engaged Art,” Hemispheric University Consortium
    March 24, 2022
  • Fabric of Humanity presentation during Tec de Monterrey Global Week, University of Miami, Hemispheric University Consortium
    March 25, 2022
  • Grist Live presents a conversation about climate and community between 2022 “Grist 50” Fixers Xavier Cortada and Wes Gobar
    March 29, 2022





  • Great Parks Summit: The Power of Parks (panelist)
    July 26, 2022